A St. Pete artist is drawing a line for Pride month. Tons of lines, actually. Filipino-American artist Tommy Bayot is debuting his first ever solo exhibition, ‘Lines,’ at The Factory St. Pete next week.
A queer artist, Bayot’s gallery is part of The Factory’s Pride month celebrations, and opening night is June 9th from 6-9 pm. The Lines exhibition will continue to run through July 2 in the main gallery at The Factory, 2622 Fairfield Avenue South.
The works showcased at the exhibition are an exploration of lines in both the literal and metaphorical senses, all of which, Bayot says, “embrace love, peace and inclusivity.” His works are an exploration of hidden meanings, clearly defined ideas, and even bursts of nostalgia.
Bayot says that many of the lines are perfectly literal: “the impetus of creativity in a kid’s robot drawing; practicing writing in cursive –which nowadays seem to be fading away; writing lines as punishment in school; and drawing outlines that appear to be hieroglyphics, but they’re not.”
Other lines, he explained, appear to be hidden: “colorful shapes that allure you from seeing the lines and what they spell out; edges and shadows create the lines in single-colored, 3D pieces.”
Altogether, Lines is a visual experience that will engage the mind, pique the senses, and provide a celebration of love and peace for the LGBTQIA+ community. And while you’re in the area for Lines, be sure and hop across the street to see HOT BOX at Chad Mize’s SPACE gallery.